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Starting Beans in a Jar

This year I have decided to plant my beans in jars so I can see them germinate.  I have planted a lot of beans and peas this year, but very few have come up.  By using the jars I can see what is happening. 

If you’d like to try this too, here is what I used:

  • Glass Jars
  • Paper Kitchen Towel
  • Beans/ seeds
  • Water
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Labels and a marker
  1. First, I identified what beans I wanted to grow, so I would know how many jars I will need. Each jar can hold 4-5 beans. Recommend, keep the same beans in one jar.   I decided on 5 beans and peas.  Scarlett Runners, Snow Peas, Lima Beans, Soya Beans and Peas.                                                          
  2. Next you will need to cut the paper kitchen towel to fit around the inside of the jar, I would make it slightly bigger so when the paper is wet it can mold in around the beans. You will also need extra kitchen towel for the base. The kitchen towel at the base will need to touch the side paper. If you have trouble position the paper, you can use the pencil to move it around.                                            
  3. I then added a little water to the jar, about 1 cm of water at the bottom. Let the water absorb up the paper towel on the sides of the jar.  You can always tilt the jar to help the water move around the paper. Be careful not to still.  I did this several times.                                                                                     
  4. This next part can be a bit tricky. Using the pencil, lift the paper away from the side of the jar and drop in a bean, push the wet paper around the bean and repeat 3 or 4 times more around the jar.                                                      
  5. Label the jar and place by a sunny window.

 How to care for your beans

  • Check on your beans daily. As they absorb the water, your beans may become less wrinkly and start to crack open to allow the shoots to come out.  I started seeing shoots on some of my beans after 4 days.  Each bean will be different and some may take several weeks.
  • On your daily check-in, check the paper towel is still damp. Your goal is to constantly keep the paper towel damp, so the seed will grow.  I have been tilting the jar, each morning to move the water around the paper towel. 
  • Once you see a green shoot, about a 1cm long, you can plant in some soil. The white shoots are the roots.  Bury the roots in soil and then water, so the soil in damp.
  • When you put them in some soil, you will need to harden your seedlings off, before putting them outside in full sun.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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